August 5, 2010

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The pilot inadvertently shut down the engine. After the engine fully stopped, it was restarted without any issues or erratic indications.
CME301, Cessna 208B, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY), landed on Runway 07 at 14:12 and reported an engine failure. The engine was restarted and pilot exited the runway at 14:13Z. There was no impact on operations.

February 12, 2010

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

CME301, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), conducted a missed approach due to poor runway conditions. Canadian Runway Friction Index (CRFI) .23. The aircraft diverted to Moncton (CYQM). Nil TSB.

February 2, 2010

Incident at GREATER MONCTON ROMEO LEBLANC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

CME301, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY) advised Air Traffic Control (ATC) that it was diverting to Moncton (CYQM) due to weather and pressure problems. The aircraft landed at Moncton at 13:36Z. No assistance was required. The Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) was advised. Nil TSB.

December 18, 2009

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The door was not shut correctly. After landing, the door was reclosed and the flight proceeded without further incident.
CME 301, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), requested clearance to return to Halifax for landing due to a door-ajar indication. The aircraft landed routinely and departed again for Charlottetown at 10:50Z. Nil TSB.

September 28, 2009

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: There was an issue with the D-door switch/solenoid which is located inside the hydraulic power pack. The flight crew observed that the gear handle was slow to return to neutral when the gear was down and locked. They had the three green indication but wanted to make sure there were no possible chances of a gear still in transit. The power pack was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service with no further incident
CME301, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY), flew one left hand circuit to confirm the landing gear status. The problem was corrected and the aircraft landed without incident. No assistance was required. Nil TSB.

August 17, 2009

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: After climb-out the crew noticed that the airspeed indicators would not read beyond 139 knots true airspeed. The aircraft returned safely to Halifax. The avionics maintenance service has not found any issues with the gauges. Pilots also noted there were no problems with the engines (both produced the rated power and indicated normally). The aircraft will be released into service following a satisfactory test flight and further investigation.
CME301, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), returned to Halifax. No assistance was required and the aircraft landed safely.

October 20, 2008

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The gear would not retract after takeoff. The landing gear safety switch was found frozen and would not allow the release of the gear handle locking hook. The switch was lubricated and tested normal. The gear had been cleaned the day before. All points were greased however the switches were not lubricated to ensure any moisture was removed. The switch lubrication will be included with the greasing of the gear in future, particularly after the washing of the gear.
CME 301, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), returned to Halifax due to the landing gear not retracting after departure. No assistance was required. The aircraft landed safely on Runway 32 at 09:11Z.

September 5, 2008

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

PA31, Piper departing Halifax (CYHZ) for Charlottettown (CYYG) reported a bird strike on departure Runway 05. Airport Duty manager advised, runway inspected and the remains of a small bird found and removed. Aircraft continued to destination. Nil TSB

June 5, 2008

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The rejected takeoff was caused by the crew door opening on the takeoff roll. It was not secured properly prior to takeoff. The door was secured and the flight continued with no issues.
CME301, Piper PA31, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY), rejected take-off for an unknown reason. The aircraft backtracked to position on Runway 03 and departed at 09:39Z. Nil TSB.

February 6, 2008

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

CME301, Piper PA31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), reported a flat tire and that the aircraft was disabled on the runway. Runway 03/21 was closed by a NOTAM. The aircraft was removed at 12:30Z and the runway was reopened at 12:34Z. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The nose wheel tire was flat after landing. The cause could not be determined. There were no obvious punctures or defects in the tire or the tube. The stem was torn from the tube as a result of operating flat.

November 21, 2007

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

CME301, Piper PA31, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY), taxied onto Taxiway A and crossed the Hold Line on Taxiway A prior to contacting the Flight Service Station (FSS) for an airport advisory. Nil TSB.

November 13, 2007

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

CME301, Piper PA31 350, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), departed from Runway 05 and opted to return due to an indication in the cockpit. No assistance was required. The indication was believed to be faulty. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: The right alternator light was illuminating intermittently from the climb out until the aircraft leveled off. The aircaft returned to Halifax. An adjustment was carried out to the voltage regulators and they were ground checked serviceable. The problem reoccurred again on a flight from Halifax to Charlottetown. A mechanic was dispatched and found problems with an arcing wire in the circuit breaker panel area. The wiring was repaired and both voltage regulators were replaced. No further problems have been reported.

August 6, 2007

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT (Aerodrome - runway or taxiway surface condition)

CME301 landed on Runway 03 at 10:15Z and reported a tow bar was on the runway 1,500 feet from the threshold of Runway 03. An Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle retrieved the tow bar. Nil TSB.

April 18, 2007

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

CME301, Piper PA31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), landed on Runway 03 at 09:22Z. The pilot reported that the aircraft was unable to taxi due to a flat tire. CME301 was towed off Runway 03 onto Taxiway C at 10:07Z.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: Operator maintenance personnel removed the wheel and replaced it. There was no damage to the undercarriage or signs that there was any problems with the brakes etc. The tube had a small half inch tear in the side of it.

June 21, 2006

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT (Aerodrome - visual aids)

CME301, Piper PA31, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY) could not turn on the ARCAL when on approach to Runway 19. The pilot tried several times to turn the lights on. Frequency 123.2 was confirmed. The pilot landed at 13:27Z with reported visibility of 1/2 SM and ceiling VV002. RVR direct reading was 60+ and pilot stated ground visibility to be at least 1.5-2 SM after landing. Maintenance crews on the ground had no trouble turning the lights on. The pilot switched to #2 radio after landing and was able to adjust light settings. Nil TSB.

May 10, 2006

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT (Aerodrome - visual aids)

CME301, PA31, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY) conducted a missed approach to Runway 19, RVR 14. The aircraft conducted a second approach and landed. The pilot advised the FSS that the runway approach and end lights were on but the runway edge lights were not. Indication at the FSS showed the lights on setting 4. The field foreman was advised of the problem. Visibility at 10:00Z was 1/8 of a mile. Nil TSB.

March 16, 2006

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

CME301, Piper PA31, enroute from Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG), advised of a landing gear indication while on final Runway 03. The aircraft aborted the approach and flew locally north of the airport to remedy the situation. The pilot then flew abeam the FSS cab for a visual inspection by FSS. He was advised that all 3 landing gear appeared down. The aircraft landed safely at 10:20Z. No emergency was declared and no other assistance was requested. Nil TSB.
UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: Gear was lowered using the emergency hand pump. The hydraulic powerpack fluid was too low for the engine driven pumps. There were no apparent leaks to cause the low fluid, which would indicate the level was low from normal usage. The daily inspection check-sheets in use do not specify checking hydraulic fluid level but they will be modified to include this item.

February 10, 2006

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT (Aerodrome - visual aids)

CME301 PA31 enroute Halifax (CYHZ) to Charlottetown (CYYG) was 1 mile final Runway 03, when a power bump occurred and all airport lighting failed for a few seconds. The airport lighting returned to normal and CME301 landed at 1010Z. Nil TSB

December 19, 2005

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

UPDATE Maintenance & Manufacturing: Maintenance QA reports there was no door warning light. The pilots noticed the fuel cap missing on the climb out from CYYG. The fuel cap was found on the threshold of Runway 03 which is basically direct path from fuel pumps to takeoff. There was no sign of damage to the fuel cap like it had been installed. Flight operations and SMS team are investigating this incident.
CME301, Piper PA31, enroute from Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY), departed Runway 03 at 1022Z. At 1024Z the pilot called saying he had a door indication and was returning to the airport. The pilot was given an airport advisory for Runway 03 and landed safely at 1028Z. The pilot called 15 minutes later and said that when doing his checks after landing, he noticed that the fuel cap was missing. A field check was conducted at 1046Z but nothing was found. Nil TSB.

January 28, 2005

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

The Prince Edward Air, Piper 31 departed runway 06 at Halifax enroute to CYYG at 0946Z. At 0950Z the pilot reported returning to field, no assistance required. Airport Duty Manager advised. Aircraft landed runway 06 at 0953Z.

November 9, 2004

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

Shortly after departing Runway 03, CME301 reported hitting a skunk somewhere between apron 2 and wheels up. An inspection of the runway/apron found no trace of a skunk. Nil TSB

September 30, 2004

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

Update Oct 04, 2004 Maintenance and Manufacturing: C-GILJ - Left engine indicating 100 RPM low. Prop governor adjusted & returned to service.
CME301 PA31 rejected Takeoff at Halifax Intl due to an unspecified event and returned to the hangar. No assistance requested. Nil TSB

August 27, 2004

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT

The pilot reported a bird strike while on short final near the threshold of runway 07. No reported damage to the aircraft. Nil TSB

February 6, 2004

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

CME301 a PA31 IFR Charlottetown to Sydney at 7000 ft. 65 NM South East of Charlottetown requested to return to Charlottetown due to a rough running engine. No assistance was required. RCC was also advised. The aircraft landed at 1139Z.
Update Maintenance and Manufacturing - The rough running engine was caused by a faulty magneto which was replaced and the aircraft was returned to service.

June 10, 2003

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ)

TSB update - 2003-06-16 - A03A0063: The PA31 Navajo operating as CME301 was on a courier flight from Halifax Intl to Charlottetown PEI. During take-off from Halifax the nose wheel tire blew. The crew rejected the take-off and the aircraft was stopped on the next available taxiway. It could not be determined if a pre-existing problem with the nosewheel may have caused the tire to blow. There was no apparent damage to the aircraft nose wheel rim. The tire was replaced and the aircraft returned to service. The operator will be submitting an SDR to Transport Canada.
Comet(CME)301, PA31 rejected take-off due to a flat tire. No assistance required. Runway inspected, no debris found. TSB Evaluating

April 23, 2003

Incident at J.A. DOUGLAS MCCURDY SYDNEY AIRPORT (ATM - NAVAIDS/radar, ATM - ILS irregularity)

CME301 a PA31 was conducting an ILS approach to Runway 07 and reported a missed approach at 1215Z due to the loss of the glide path signal. The Glide path monitor for the ILS for Runway 07 in Sydney showed that the glide path was serviceable. The previous aircraft reported no problem on the ILS at 1147Z. CME301 Conducted a second ILS on Runway 07 but was still unable to receive the Glide Path Signal and was forced to do another missed approach. CME301 then conducted a successful ILS on Runway 19 and landed at 1315Z. A Special WX was issued for Sydney at 1213Z wind 150 at 6 KT 1SM ""RA BR OVC004 05/05 A2992 RMK SF8 SLP135.
Update - Maintenance and Manufacturing - 2003/04/24 - The Company found no problems with the ILS/glide path at other airports before or after the Sydney incident. The system was checked by Atlantic Avionics upon return to Halifax & operation checked Concluded that Sydney glide path signal must have been at fault.

March 24, 2003

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT (Incursion - runway - vehicle, ATM - other)

A departing PA31 was given a departure advisory for Runway 03. Meanwhile truck 80 had a clearance for the maneuvering area. Truck 80 asked to leave Runway 03 via Taxiway C. Grader 150 then called for a clearance for Taxiway C. The FSS asked for the location of Grader 150. Grader 150 replied between Taxiway B and Taxiway C. There was no vehicle strip on Grader 150 in active section of strip board. Grader 150 was then given a clearance for Taxiway C to hold short of Runway 03. The PA31 then departed Runway 03 at 1101Z. TSB - NIL

January 6, 2003

Incident at HALIFAX / STANFIELD INTL NS (CYHZ) (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

Update - Maintenance and Manufacturing - The In-transit light stayed on when the gear was retracted. It was Cycled down & the result was no green lite on RH side. Cycled several times with same results. The aircraft returned to airport & the tower confirmed gear down. The Green light came on at touchdown. Maintenance could not repeat problem in subsequent gear cycle checks. Suspected moisture in RH gear switch. Switch replaced and aircraft returned to service.
A PA31 departed Halifax and in the climb reported that they had a gear indication problem. The aircraft requested Airport Firefighters on standby and returned and landed on Runway 24 at 1142Z. On the runway the Aircraft shut down and inspected the landing gear prior to Taxi. After a check of the Gear, the crew reported all was OK and taxied off the runway. The runway was closed for about five minutes. There was minimal impact on operations.

January 30, 2001

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT (Aerodrome, runway or taxiway shutdown)

CME301 PA31 enroute Halifax to Charlottetown P.E.I., landed in Charlottetown on runway 03 with a flat nose wheel tire. Aircraft taxied onto Taxiway ¿C¿ where it shutdown and waited for repairs. Company dispatch reported pilot noticed shimmering on touch down and suspects tire deflated on route to Charlottetown. Aircraft repairs were completed and Taxiway ¿C¿ was re-opened. No operational impact.
Update Feb 2, 2001 Maintenance and Manufacturing. Cause of air loss could not be determined. Inner tube was torn by tire rotating on rim after going flat.

August 25, 2000

Incident at CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

CME301 PA31 on approach to runway 03, the pilot advised of a precautionary shutdown of the #2 engine. An emergency was declared. The pilot advised he saw a spark and that the engine cowling was loose. Somewhere of the Northumberland Straits, the cowling separated from the aircraft. The aircraft landed without further incident. TSB Evaluating. Update August 28, 2000. The aircraft was on an ILS Approach to runway 02 at Charlottetown when the pilot noticed the front portion of the # 2 upper engine cowling had detached. The pilot shutdown the # 2 engine as a precaution and declared an Emergency. The slipstream tore the cowling from the aircraft and the cowling fell into the ocean while the aircraft was about 30 miles back from the airport. More information to follow. TSB file # A00A0136 TSB Update August 31, 2000. Company advises that the 6 Camlock type fasteners on the cowling - even though they were painted with witness indicators - were left undone during a maintenance routine and were also missed by the pilots during the Pre-Flight walk around. Company has taken action to address the matter internally. Transport Canada, System Safety has had discussions with company reference to Human Factors issues relating to the event.

December 21, 1994

Incident at Moncton, N.B.

Aircraft departed enroute to Stephenville, Nfld.. After becoming airborne it was discovered the landing gear would not retract. Aircraft returned and landed safely at 0947z. TSB case closedAir1: GILJAir2: Piper Navajo PA31Air3: Prince Edward Air (CME) 301Occurrence: Landing Gear ProblemClass: FFCategory: 213